Academic Technology

Blackboard is an online course management system that enables instructors to provide students with course documents, online assignments and assessments, individual grades and other learning materials and tools. These online materials and activities can complement face-to-face teaching and can be used to develop hybrid or online courses.

CUNY automatically generates a Blackboard course for every class taught at Guttman. Instructors and students can access Blackboard through the MyGuttman portal or directly through CUNYfirst.

If instructors choose to use Blackboard in their courses, they have to make the course available to students at the beginning of the semester. Below are links to resources to help you get started with Blackboard.

Blackboard Faculty User Guide

Blackboard Student User Guide

Guttman uses Digication as the platform to create and manage digital portfolios for our students and faculty. All students at Guttman maintain their own ePortfolios and use them to learn, reflect and showcase their work for other peers and faculty. Many of our faculty and staff members use it to showcase their own professional identities and expertise. ePortfolio use is also integral to our college-wide assessment practices.

Students and faculty can log onto the ePortfolio system by going to the Guttman portal.

Professional development workshops are offered on the practical applications and pedagogy of electronic portfolios. The Area Coordinator for Academic Technology and other faculty and staff peers are also available by appointment to assist in the integration of ePortfolio practice into your courses.

For individualized assistance with how to incorporate ePortfolio practice into your classroom, contact Maggie Dickinson (Maggie.Dickinson@guttman.cuny.edu) or Kristina Baines (Kristina.Baines@guttman.cuny.edu).

For help in the classroom or technical questions, contact Guttman’s eTerns, or student electronic interns. eTerns are available for drop-in assistance in the Information Commons. You can also schedule an appointment with them or have them visit a class session by emailing eterns@guttman.cuny.edu.

For an overview of how to use ePortfolio in the classroom, you can visit the Digication Faculty Guide.

Below are some helpful links for getting started with ePortfolio:

A Quick-Start Guide for the New Digication ePortfolios

Video Tutorials:
Getting Started with New Digication
ePorfolio Settings

Adding Content:
Add Slides to ePortfolio Pages
Adding and Editing Text
Customizing the Background Color or Image of Modules and Slides

Embedding Media in your ePortfolio 

Submitting your ePortfolio to an Assignment for Class 

Developing your ePortfolio gives you a chance to showcase your skills and achievements at Guttman and share them with your peers and faculty. Digital technologies are transforming the way students can represent themselves and their work to employers, colleagues and their communities. It is a way for you to present evidence of your academic work, career goals, and personal interests.

You can use your ePortfolio to archive and display a wide range of your work, including text (Word or PDF files), power point, audio, video, graphics, and other multi-media. As a website, your ePortfolio can be easily moved, archived and shared with others worldwide.

You can log in to ePortfolio through the MyGuttman portal. eTerns are available on campus to help you get started or help you as you develop your ePortfolios.

eTerns are available for drop-in assistance in the Information Commons. You can also schedule an appointment with them by emailing eterns@guttman.cuny.edu.

Below are some helpful links for getting started with ePortfolio:

A Quick-Start Guide for the New Digication ePortfolios

Video Tutorials:
Getting Started with New Digication
ePorfolio Settings

Adding Content:
Add Slides to ePortfolio Pages
Adding and Editing Text
Customizing the Background Color or Image of Modules and Slides

Embedding Media in your ePortfolio 

Submitting your ePortfolio to an Assignment for Class 

Classroom Technology

Guttman Community College provides a range of academic technologies for use in classrooms and as part of your teaching and learning practices. We encourage faculty to incorporate academic technology in ways that foster collaborative, experiential and student-centered teaching and learning.

Presenting Multi-Media Content in the Classroom:

Classrooms are equipped with either an interactive white board (IWB) (or Smart Board) or a ceiling-mounted projector. Smart Boards are located in virtually all campus classrooms and provide projection from a computer or laptop screen onto a whiteboard surface.

All classrooms include an instructor podium with a network-connected control computer and a DVD drive. The control computers are connected to the Internet, so additional content can be accessed directly from the Web.

Log into the podium computer using your normal Guttman credentials. You will have access to your computers P-drive contents (i.e. “My Documents” folder), as well as the N-drive, and all other file shares as if you were at your own workstation.

Classroom Technology for Fostering Hands-On Teaching and Learning

There are laptop carts with 28 computers each stationed in each classroom. Faculty are encouraged to make use of classroom laptops for in-class activities and workshops with students.

A class set of iPads is available for instructional use upon request and will provide students with direct access to campus Wi-Fi from anywhere in the building. The iPads can be used for experiential learning projects, documenting service-learning activities, and capturing audio and video for course assignments.

An Apple TV is installed into each podium computer, providing the ability to share the screen of an iPad to the IWB as well.

VisionPro for managing classroom laptops

Each podium computer contains VisionPro software that can be used to control and manage the classroom laptops. This allows you to give control of the IWB to a student, control the content on the laptops, and provide a way to share information directly to the laptops as well.

Getting help

There is a phone installed in each classroom. If you encounter any trouble with the classroom technology, phone the helpdesk and we will dispatch someone to your room immediately.